The Good News is that Jesus is risen from the dead!
Join in 40 days of blessing our community in January
The Christians in Brightlingsea are entering a 40-day period of prayer using a prayer booklet ’Keep Blessing Your Community’. Speaking (not just praying for) blessing on your community is well-founded theologically: see Leviticus 9:22-24 and 1 Peter 2:9 where Peter affirms we are a Royal Priesthood which carries the privilege of speaking God’s blessing on others. Members of our local churches have had the opportunity to sign up for the special booklet ‘Blessing Your Community’ We believe that making a concerted effort to raise our prayers daily, either individually or in groups, or services will have a transformative effect on our town and increase good neighbourliness. Booklets on the table at the back of St James, price £3.
Christmas Bazaar 24th Nov
A good attendance and a good £1300 result for church funds.
Damage to All Saints’ Lychgate on 20th Nov.
The aftermath of a car going out of control, crashing through the lychgate and wrecking some 10 headstones. Rev’d Caroline has called for prayer for the driver, for those distressed by the incident and for wisdom in dealing with the aftermath. Thanks to all who have given money to help restore the gate and headstones
Caroline’s Installation on 6 11 18: a memorable occasion for our church family, for Caroline’s family and the town.
Our new Vicar, Rev’d Caroline Beckett, B.A. (Hons).
Caroline was installed as Vicar on 6th November before a big congregation of over 250, with Bishop Roger of Colchester, Archdeacon Annette, all of the local church leaders and many other ordained ministers beside. Members representing the various organisations of the town welcomed her, her husband Michael and their children Danielle and Tom. Many of her wider family were present. There were many people from Alresford where she grew up, from St Margaret’s Berechurch Colchester her previous parish, and those who knew her from her days of training on the ministry course and at theological college. The familiar reading from Philippians 2:5-11 reminded us that, despite all this panoply, Jesus is exalted to the highest place because he was humble and obedient to God the Father, obedient even to death on the cross, a humility which the Bishop took as his theme for his sermon. Caroline is noted for her love of and commitment to God and the poor, and an ability to deliver rivetting sermons off the cuff without any notes – something she proved in her first sermon the next day at mid-week communion. We hope her stay with us will be a long one and bring many into the kingdom of Jesus. Do please pray for her, for Michael and the children.
The Native From now on you can once again read The Native! Click here: Native Jan_19
If you wish to hire St James please contact Administrator Sue Wills at the Parish Office (in St James) on 01206 30 23 78 or email her at email@example.com The rate of hire is £15.00 per hour
Memories of London Community Gospel Choir
Judith Gibbons writes: The night of 13 October 2018 is one that will live in many memories for months, if not years, to come.
We welcomed the Rev Bazil Meade and his band onto the platform. The concert was opened by our very own ‘Gospel Singers’, 65 men and women who had their first experience of gospel singing at the July workshop. Their director, Alison Benz, and Rev Bazil gave an impromptu, and witty, demonstration of the conductor’s art as, with humour and skill, they drew a great performance from the ‘amateurs’! The audience loved it!
And then the nine LCGC professionals entered from the vestry. From then until 9.30pm, the building rocked! From almost head-banging choruses to delicate a capella harmonies, we were treated to the full range of gospel music at its best. These gifted musicians don’t just have a faith, they sing their faith and their energy was infectious. We were not a passive audience! Their warmth and enthusiasm swept out from the platform and embraced us all so we laughed, clapped, danced and even sang with them.
Rev Bazil summed up what many of us felt: that one (very large) family had gathered to share an amazing evening. He spoke of our common hope for the world’s future and our belief in the ultimate goodness of creation. “I feel part of this loving community tonight. Love is what brings us and binds us together.”
The ‘Holy Mowers’ meet at All Saints on Thursday mornings 10.00-12.30 with a half-hour break for coffee. Come as often and for as long as you want. The churchyard looks as it has never looked before! Contact Sheila Crowe on 30 65 74.
Mission of the Month:
Traidcraft plc pioneered fair trade in the UK, but in common with many retailers currently, they are struggling to remain viable, and are at risk of closure having made a loss of £500,000 in 2017. Many of our Saturday Coffee regulars will recall the stall run for several years by David and Linda Salmon, selling colourful packets of tea, coffee, dates, cocoa and chocolate and more. In churches around the country, there are still similar stalls, though their numbers are gradually dwindling. The Traidcraft venture started in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1979 importing handicrafts and food from impoverished parts of the world, and guaranteeing the producers a fair, minimum price and improved working conditions. They claim that anything you can think of that’s fair trade today, Traidcraft did it first.
While the Traidcraft business struggles, sales of goods bearing the Fairtrade Foundation’s fairtrade logo (which Traidcraft helped to set up) are booming. Rising by 7% in 2017 compared with the previous year. The Fairtrade message is now so mainstream that customers who care about ethical consumption can find their fairtrade products (mostly foodstuffs) from any supermarket. The big concern is for producers who only have access to market their goods through Traidcraft.
For example, around 700 women in India are employed making hand-stitched cards. In seeking ways to keep their business afloat, Traidcraft may concentrate mainly on the handicrafts in future. Fairtrade is about more than just a product; it is about a whole way of thinking, being and living and that doesn’t die. If you care, look for the Fairtrade logo when you shop, even if you can’t find Traidcraft.